Photography By: Dreamy Riley
Christopher 'Johnny' Daley was in Miami for Amazing Grace, a play which many are touting as one of the better ones to come across the Miami shores. The play which premiered on Father's Day June 15 had the Miami massive laughing away at the hilarious scenes.
Amazing Grace is a collaborative effort between Jamaica Awareness and Riddims Marketing at producing and presenting a play in South Florida. The play is Martin's first effort at playwriting and features several Florida-based actors. Johnny Daley serves in the dual role as director and one of the lead characters.
An Amazing Grace is the volatile story of Johnny, played by Chris Daley, an aspiring young reggae singer with dreams of "hitting" big time. Johnny's dreams always seem to elude him as he struggles to let go of his past criminal lifestyle with bad man "Dredie", played by Andrew Clarke and "Puddy", played by Sammy Question, who thinks Johnny would serve them better if he sticks with their robbery schemes. Puddy is convinced that Johnny has a 'nose' for sniffing out drugs or money. Queenie, played by Ann "Charm" McKenzie, Johnny's old or current girlfriend, depending on who you ask, hates the fact that he still hangs out with this motley crew. They act as a distraction to Johnny's dancehall dreams and her own wishes of accompanying him on stage as Dancehall Queen and his first lady off stage.
Queenie's fantasies seem threatened when Johnny's eyes catches the smile of church sister Grace, played by Chanise Brady, who thinks his talent needs to be used as an instrument of the Lord. Sister Grace, a young choir leader for the dramatic and flamboyant Pastor Brown, played by Gary "Sweetness" Clarke - the head of the local Church of God Prophecy - sees Johnny as the perfect addition to the church choir. Johnny is warming up to the idea of changing his lifestyle but is pressured as Puddy & Dredie demands that he goes through with a planned heist - a take of all takes - that will have them set for life. Queenie has no plans for any of the above and sets her own trap.
God's plan, the devil's diversion and Queenie's dreams unfold in this dramatic and exciting play filled with humor and social commentary. Cameo audio appearances are made by colorful South Florida party promoter "Screechie Bop" and radio personality Winston Barnes.
As good as Johnny may be in the play thought, we couldn’t help but wonder how many women were looking at him and wondering how healthy he looked in the video! We wonder though can anyone ever look at this comedian and get the same spin on his jokes?